The latest thing to draw the Judgy McJudgersons to their keyboards is the Fisher Price iPad Baby Seat. That new-fangled contraption - as Grandma would say - featured in the photo up there. Frankly, I'm feeling more judgmental that the parents of this child have the gall to maintain white carpeting and furniture, but that's just my experience as the mother of a wild animal 2-year-old. They'll learn, I giggleRead More »from Why Are Parents so Upset Over the IPad Baby Seat?
- Would You Buy an iPad Baby Seat for Your Child?The Internet can be exhausting sometimes. Most of the time, really. Especially when you're a parent. Sometimes it feels like a big, dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinner during which every relative regales you with tales of how you're doing it wrong or how they just read a study that said blah blah blah and their neighbor down the street lets her kids play in the front yard unsupervised and they almost called Child Services because what kind of parent doesn't watch their child every single moment they are breathing air outside the home?
(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy has been suspended for two days from a Colorado school for kissing a girl on the cheek and hand-with his actions being labeled "sexual harassment" by Canon City school officials. Further, they want it added to Hunter Yelton's school record, reports the AP.
Hunter tells KRDO what happened: "It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry." He had previously kissed her on the cheek, report KRDO.
ClassroomMom Jennifer Saunders isn't happy with where it went from there. "I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said 'sexual harassment'. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn't need to be met with a 6-year-old. Now my son is asking questions… what is sex mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a 6-year-old."
She admits her son had previously kissed the girl on the cheek, and says he wasRead More »from Kiss Gets Colorado 6-Year-Old Suspended
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 3:20 PM ESTBrand New Lorde Video: How I am a huge, giant, epic, massive fan of Lorde. I could easily listen to "Royals" on repeat all day. There is now an all new Lorde video to add to my loop. If you haven't heard "Team" yet, be prepared to love it. It's not the same kind of anthem song that "Royals" became for so many, but it certainly has lyrics that will give you shivers.
"We live in cities you'll never see on screen. Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run free."
The video sucks you in with the story of teens in an alternative society. MTV describes it as, "depicting a kind of broken Neverland where teens exist outside of societal norms and even those with acne can be in with the in crowd."
As she released the video on her Facebook page, Lorde shared her inspiration with her fans: "this video was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who wasRead More »from How Lourde's "Team" Music Video is Breaking Down Social Teenage Norms
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As a young child, I remember struggling on Noche Buena. With the excitement and promise of new toys only a few hours away, I tried my best to stay awake for the experience. Now, at 3-years-old and after countless stories of how I celebrated Christmas as a little Cuban-American girl, I anticipate my daughter wanting to do the same. And whatever she can do, her 20-month old little brother can do better (at least in his mind!).Read More »from Noche Buena Traditions: Would You Let Your Toddler Stay Up Past Midnight?
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 2:08 PM EST
suspended 10-year-old Johnny Jones for “shooting” an imaginary bow-and-arrow at a classmate. But now the boy’s parents are firing back with the aid of the Rutherford Institute, a national civil rights group, seeking to have his record expunged.Disciplining students for having weapons in school is a no-brainer. But for having imaginary ones? Makes sense to at least one principal, in Pennsylvania, who Read More »from Fifth Grader Suspended for Aiming Imaginary Weapon in Class
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“He’s got a weapons charge — it’s crazy,” notes John Whitehead, lead attorney and founder of the Virginia-based organization, which sent a letter to South Eastern School District Superintendent Rona Kaufmann on Dec. 4. The letter calls the school’s action “ludicrous,” asking Kaufmann to remove the charge from Johnny’s permanent record and rescind his one-day suspension; it gives the school until Dec.13 to respond.
The fifth grader was disciplined at South Eastern Middle School-West, in Fawn Grove, in October, where Principal
- The Car Seat Mistake Parents Make Every Winter
Every morning, before we leave for school, my wife bundles up my son in his jacket, mittens, hat, scarf, and boots. He hauls on his backpack and then climbs into his car seat in the backseat.
I tell her it's ridiculous to bundle him up like that, I've already had the car warmed up and it's a 20 minute drive to school. Still, she insists.
So as soon as we get outside, I unbundle him and then he climbs in the car. Yes, even though the temperature is near freezing, I make him take his coat off before he gets in the car.
Car seat straps need to be snug to the chest. Any thick material between the strap and your child's body is a distance they could move in an accident and not be restrained. That puffy jacket, that thick sweater, could prove to be the source of a serious injury.Read More »from The Car Seat Mistake Parents Make Every Winter
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:15 PM ESTA recent study indicates that toddlers are better able to learn certain words when they are sitting in their high chair, playing with their food.Does mealtime seem more like playtime for your toddler? Five minutes into his meal, does his high chair, his face and everything within a 5-foot radius look like a Jackson Pollock painting? Well, as it turns out, your toddler wasn't just testing your patience when he threw that handful of applesauce at your face. He was getting smarter.
According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Iowa, the more your child pokes, smears and plays with his food, the more he is learning. I know what you are all thinking--"Well, then my toddler's a genius!" Yep, your little mealtime menace just became a tiny Einstein working out his theory of gravity with peas up his nose or a mini Van Gogh who is living out his art, expressing himself with his bowl of sweet potato mashed across his lap and some yogurt in his ears.
Well, perhaps we're all getting ahead of ourselves with the "genius" part, but according to the study, kids who get down and dirty with their food in their high chairsRead More »from Toddlers Who Play with Their Food May Be Faster Learners
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:13 PM ESTNo, Your Kids Are Not Extensions of YouThis morning while decorating the Christmas tree, my son let me in on a little secret. Let's call it a philosophy, even, a guiding principal by which the four-year-old makes decisions.
"Daddy, whatever you like, I don't like, because you like it. And whatever you don't like, then I like, because you don't like it. Does that make sense?"
Well, Merry Christmas to you too, kid! I thought, as he wickedly smiled at me with his arms crossed, gloating because he's hip to the age old system of how to drive parents crazy, a rubric that he'll surely employ into his teenage years, and probably beyond. I couldn't help but feel a modicum of frustration by his declaration, but you know what emotion came on even stronger? Admiration. What a clever, self-aware little pain-in-the-butt my kid is.
"It makes a kind of sense, sure," I admitted.
And it does, really. There are times when kids mimic, taking on your attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and even your sayings, cobbling together an identityRead More »from The Importance of Recognizing that Your Kids Are Not an Extension of You
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